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College Park Academy Charter School | College Park MD 20740 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 02/08/2013

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BACKGROUND: 

College Park Academy (CPA), a new public charter school, is opening its doors for the first
time in August 2013.  Sponsored by the College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP), a 501(c)(3) organization, the CPA
Founding Board’s vision for the College Park Academy is to become one of the
top college preparatory schools in the nation. 
It is intended for highly motivated students interested in a rigorous
academic program directed toward college entrance. The aim is to provide the
opportunity for students to earn up to 60 college credit hours (including up to
25 UM credits) while in high school to prepare them for college.  

CPA will be one of the first “bricks and clicks” schools in Maryland, combining onsite instruction
with online instruction, and a digital curriculum.  The School’s web-based curriculum was created
by Connections Education, one of the top K-12 online companies in the nation,
serving over 50,000 students in more than twenty states. The online curriculum
and instruction platform will allow students to accelerate at their own pace
and get remedial help in real time. Instructional technology will also allow a
much wider array of courses to choose from than is available in traditional
schools. 

A strong, positive relationship exists among the Prince George’s County Board of Education, the
City of College Park, the University of Maryland, and the Prince George’s
County Educators’ Association. This lays a firm foundation for the success of
this endeavour.  The School is strongly
supported by the President of the University of Maryland and the Mayor and
Council of the City of College Park. The Founding Board members include UMD’s Dean
of the School of Education, UMD’s Vice President for Administration and
Finance, current Interim Executive Director, two College Park City Council
members (one of whom is the former Chair of the City Park Educational Advisory
Committee), and the local State Senator.   

The school will open with 300 students in grades 6 and 7.  By adding a grade each year, CPA will grow
into a 6-12 college preparatory school with approximately 700 students. A site
for the School for its first two years has been identified; sites for the
permanent School are being evaluated. The School will be open to Prince
George’s County residents who wish to access one of the most rigorous, high
quality college prep programs in the nation. 

The School welcomes candidates for the principal position from public school systems,
religious schools and independent schools. 

More information
about the school is available at: www.collegeparkacademy.com.   

 POSITION SUMMARY:

 The Principal evaluates, develops and implements the School’s instructional program;
hires and supervises the School’s staff and provides educational leadership for
the entire School community including staff, students and parents. S/he reports
to the Executive Director and attends Board of Director meetings.

 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Create a learning community that implements the Board of Director’s vision for the School as one of
         the top college preparatory schools in the nation.
  • Develop and implement a rigorous academic program designed to enable students to be admitted by
         the best colleges in the country.
  • Build the quality of the School’s instructional program and the capacity of the School’s staff,
         students and parents, such that student achievement on standardized tests
         and by other measures is consistent with the School’s goal of becoming one
         of the top college preparatory schools in the nation. 
  • Build a motivated and effective instructional team within the School and an effective working
         relationship between Connections Education and the School.
  • Create opportunities for acceleration, enrichment and interventions aligned with identified
         instructional needs, within the School’s educational program.
  • Work with Connections Education (CE) to integrate blended learning into the School’s academic
         program in a way that effectively engages the entire School community of
         staff, students and parents.
  • Work with the University of Maryland (UMD) to incorporate an early college program into the School’s
         overall academic program.  Encourage student participation in this program.     
  • Work with CE and UMD to improve teacher development programs and the quality of the curriculum. 
  • Analyze data and assessments,
         to interpret, develop and execute action plans that validate the
         effectiveness of the School’s instructional program, instructional
         strategies, interventions and programmatic changes.  Make changes as appropriate based upon
         the information.
  •  Create cross disciplinary activities within the School that provide students with opportunities to integrate what they
         have learned in math, science and/or language arts.
  • Engage School families and community members in ways that enable these  stakeholders to become key contributors
         to student success.
  • Motivate School staff to be increasingly effective and foster continuous professional development
         opportunities for teachers.
  • Observe and evaluate teachers and paraprofessionals regularly to ensure they continuously
         demonstrate the behaviors desired by the School.
  • Articulate the vision and educational program for this School to prospective parents and students
         considering applying for admission to the School. 
  • Assure implementation of School policies and procedures.
  • Ensure efficient management of school operations and resources.
  • Create and maintain a safe and effective learning environment. 
  • Recommend to Board and implement a student discipline plan; ensure consistent enforcement.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse community.
  • Ensure efficient managementof school operations and resources.
  • Ensure that the School’s extra-curricular and after school programs enhance and complement the
         quality of the School experience of interested students and parents.
  • Meet regularly with the Board of Directors to discuss issues facing the School‘s educational
         program and staff, and on the academic progress of its students.
  • Communicate with staff, students and parents effectively. 
  • Ensure that student and staff records are maintained according to PGCPS policy.  Ensure that the School transmits all
         necessary student and staff information to PGCPS on a timely basis.
  • Oversee the delivery of special education services to comply with State and Federal law.
  • Oversee the implementation of State standardized testing to ensure high student participation rates.
  • Foster a School environment that helps achieve the vision and mission of the Prince George’s County Public Schools.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to consistently perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Successful candidates will possess the following: 

  • Candidates will need to provide verification of successful experience as a school administrator (e.g. copy
         of performance evaluation, successful completion of a principal development program or the equivalent).
  • Master’s degree in supervision and administration or curriculum and instruction.
  • Successful experience as a principal,  director, or supervisor (or other comparable leadership experience)
         especially in opening new schools,with rigorous college preparatory
         programs, with blended learning programs, with digital curriculums; and
         evidence of student performance as a result of your leadership.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Eligible for or holds Administrator II certification. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Some travel required.  Extended and irregular hours required.

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Location College Park, MD, United States
Categories Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Charter School
Grade Level Middle School/Junior High, High School
Teaching field Other
Experience Years 8 yrs

Location Maptop

Contact Informationtop

Contact Name Frank Brewer, Executive Director
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone no phone calls
Job Code -
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